Here's the list of all athletes in our area who either signed or were expected to sign with colleges to play next season:
Connor Belicic, senior, Apex basketball
Things have been quiet this year for boys basketball recruiting, one
year removed from having six area players go on to Division I.
However, it should be noted that Guilford College assistant Nick
Pendergraft was in attendance at the Panther Creek-Apex game to see
guard Connor Belicic (left).
Belicic is averaging 12 points per game for 13-4 Apex.
Guilford College, last year’s third-place finisher in the Division III
national championship, already has players from Cary High and Green
Hope on the roster.
Matt Frongello, senior, Middle Creek soccer
Nader Jaibat, senior, Green Hope soccer
At least two local soccer players will sign the dotted line for next
year, as Middle Creek’s Matt Frongello (left) and Green Hope’s Nader Jaibat
(right) have committed to play in college.
Frongello will play at Wofford next year, while Jaibat has committed to N.C. State.
Jaibat led his team with 15 goals and added six assists for the 19-2-4
Falcons that finished runner-up in the state 4-A championship.
Frongello had 17 goals and eight assists to take Middle Creek to a
10-7-4 record and its best conference finish in school history. In the
fall, there was talk that Frongello could also double as a
kicker/punter on the Wofford football team.
Frongello launched more than half of his kickoffs into the end zone for
touchbacks and hit a 47-yard field goal as time expired to defeat Lee
Kristen Gaffney, sophomore, Green Hope basketball
To date, Kristen Gaffney, a.k.a. the triple-double queen (four to date) has had coaches from Clemson, N.C. State and North Carolina on hand to watch her games. Gaffney (left) is averaging more than 26 points per game, and could be the area's top scorer at season's end.
Keisha Gatling, senior, Athens Drive basketball
State, Miami and Maryland as well as Louisville, Charlotte, East
Carolina, Xavier and South Carolina.
Gatling stands six-feet-four inches and is ranked by ESPN as the 25th
best center in the country. She is averaging 14.8 points per game for
the 14-3 Jaguars.